These statistics are based on quarterly data submitted to the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) by 80 Victorian responsible authorities.
Note that as of publication, 91% of responsible authorities had submitted the Q4 2017-18 data. It does not contain data from Campaspe, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Swan Hill and West Wimmera.
This report covers planning permit activity for the state. The data is aggregated and consistently presented at four levels:
- statewide activity
- activity in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
- activity across six sub-regions, including three metropolitan groups and three regional groupings
- individual planning scheme activity.
Planning Permit Activity Report
The Planning Permit Activity Report presents four levels of data, a list of the planning schemes that comprise each level of reporting can be viewed here (PDF, 266.2 KB).
Statewide planning permit activity
The permit activity occurring within each local government area is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.Statewide report
Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria
Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.
Planning permit activity by subgroup
Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.
Planning permit activity by municipality
The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the many municipalities in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.
Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in Q4 2017-18
- The number of applications received by responsible authorities was 13,844, an increase of 15% on last quarter.
- The number of decisions made on applications was 13,719, an increase of 10% on last quarter.
- Planning permits were issued for an estimated $10.3 billion in estimated cost of works.
- 63% of non-VicSmart applications were decided within sixty days, an increase of 3% on last quarter.
- 503 applications were determined at VCAT.
- 11% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the majority of these to a Residential use.
Dwelling related activity across Victoria
The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:
|Region or subgroup||Total dwelling permits issued Q4 2016-17||Total dwelling permits issued Q4 2017-18||Percentage of total permits issued||Permits for one dwelling||Permits for multiple dwellings||Net gain of new dwellings||Total permits issued|
|Inner and middle urban||4,031||3,939||80%||172||1,192||11,454||4,950|
|Regional city LGAs||742||743||61%||194||113||1,110||1,221|
|Small and medium regional||596||615||55%||211||19||265||1,122|
Application activity across Victoria
The following table tracks applications received and decided for this quarter and the previous years quarter:
|Region or subgroup||Applications received Q4 2016-17||Applications received Q4 2017-18||% Change||Applications decided Q4 2016-17||Applications decided Q4 2017-18||% Change|
|Inner and middle urban||5,593||5,849||5%||5,973||5,769||-3%|
|Regional city LGAs||1,472||1,508||2%||1,398||1,380||-1%|
|Small and medium regional||1,237||1,160||-6%||1,257||1,214||-3%|
Planning permit activity by scheme
The number of planning permit applications received during Q4 2017-18 by scheme, including previous quarters data. Click the image for an enlarged version of the chart.
Download the planning permit activity data sheet (Excel, 11.5 KB)
Planning permit decisions by scheme
The number of planning permit application decisions made during Q4 2017-18 by scheme, including the number of applications active at the beginning of the quarter. Click the image for an enlarged version of the chart.
Download the planning permit decisions data sheet (Excel, 11.2 KB).
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